Manuel Romero

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Manuel David Romero


Manuel David Romero, age 65, beloved, husband, father, grandfather, Godfather, padrino, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend went home to be with the Lord on November 3, 2017.

Manuel was preceded in death by his son, Manuel David Romero Jr.; his parents, Juan and Palmiria Romero, and Alvaro and Daisy Maestas; his grandparents, Trinidad and Jesusita Gutierrez; his sisters, Clara Torres and Jeannie Kear; his brothers, Raymond Romero and Joe Gallegos; his nephews, Jeffrey Kear and Pat Garcia; and his great nephew, Christopher Montano. He is survived by his beloved wife of 46 years, Carol Maestas Romero; his adored children, Melissa and Mike Aragon, Matthew and Tanya Romero; his adored grandchildren, Michael Aragon, Ali Aragon, Mateo Romero, Caitlyn Cordova, Darren Romero, Kaitlyn Romero, and soon-to-be-born baby Romero. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters; Ruby and Adam Salas, Juan Jr. and Carmen Romero, Leroy Romero, Kenny and Nora Maestas, and Debbie Trujillo; and many nieces and nephews.

Manuel was born June 18, 1952 in Horse Springs, New Mexico. He graduated from Belen High School, joined the United States Air Force, and married Carol, his high school sweetheart. They soon returned to Belen to raise their family. He worked in various trades before finding his calling in the prison industry â€" most recently with the New Mexico Association of Counties; and he has built his own consulting practice over the course of the past twenty years, serving as an expert witness, inspector and auditor, providing his expertise nationally for the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, United States Marshals Service, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), amongst other agencies and in high profile legal cases in multiple states through the U.S. District Court(s) circuit over the years. Manuel approached life and work with compassion, kindness and integrity. While he clearly established himself as an accomplished professional in his field, more importantly, he dearly loved his family and made every moment, big or small, special for those surrounding him. He will be dearly missed by all.

All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. A public viewing will be held at 5:00 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 6:00 p.m., on Thursday, November 9, 2016. A final visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. with a Funeral Mass to begin at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, November 10, 2017. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.

Please sign Manuel's online tribute at

Romero Funeral Home

609 N. Main St. Belen, NM.

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Published in Albuquerque Journal on Nov. 9, 2017
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